Get a Masterpiece of a Margarita at These 4 Grand Strand Watering Holes

multiple different types margaritas from Nacho Hippo

Frozen, on the rocks or straight up. With salt on the rim of the glass or without. Traditional lime or in a range of other fruity flavors. No matter how you prefer your margarita, few drinks say “beach getaway” quite like this cocktail carrying a strong tropical vibe and featuring tequila, orange liqueur and (usually) lime juice.

The next time you and your Myrtle Beach vacation crew are looking to fiesta with a refreshing margarita or two, head for one of these four Grand Strand establishments known for doing the ’rita right:


  • Abuelo’s — Found at Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach, this eatery is part of a national chain sporting the tagline “America’s #1 Mexican Restaurant” that started in Texas and now serves 13 states. The menu features a range of delicious, made-from-scratch Mexican favorites like enchiladas, chimichangas, fajitas, burritos and Mexico City-style tacos (which are offered with both traditional fillings and more unique ones like brisket, firecracker shrimp and sea bass). The specialty drink lineup includes sangrias, mojitos, and a range of margarita offerings like traditional margaritas, agave margaritas, cerveza ritas, sangria-margarita swirls, and fruit margaritas with choices including raspberry, strawberry, mango and peach. Check out all the Abuelo’s signature drinks at com.


  • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville — Located at the Broadway at the Beach shopping/dining/entertainment complex, this laid-back eatery founded by the beach- and boat-loving crooner identified in its name serves up a selection “Burgers in Paradise” — including ones “with lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and French fried potatoes,” sandwiches, salads, and heavier entrees like fajitas, seafood, ribs and steak. In the margarita department, the restaurant’s name and the way-larger-than-life giant blender (and the frozen concoction it will render) show what a big attraction the drinks are here. The margarita menu’s lineup includes the Perfect Margarita with Margaritaville Gold and Silver Tequila, triple sec, Bols Orange Curaçao and lime juice; the Uptown Top Shelf Margarita with Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, Cointreau Orange Liqueur and a house margarita blend, all topped with a Gran Gala Orange Liqueur float; and the Last Mango in Paris with Margaritaville Last Mango Tequila, Cointreau Orange Liqueur, cranberry juice and a house margarita blend — just to name a few. Fruity variations include the Watermelon Margarita, the Blueberry Pomegranate Margarita and the Tropical Fruit Margarita. See ’em all at com.


  • ART Burger Sushi Bar — This charming, locally owned cafe in downtown Myrtle Beach delivers beauty at every turn — it boasts sweeping oceanfront views and doubles as an art gallery spotlighting the works of local artists. The diverse menu here features a range of creative sushi rolls and a long list of thick, juicy artisan burgers, most with art world-inspired names. The bar here serves up sake, wines, beers and a range of specialty cocktails that includes just one margarita option — but it’s definitely worth seeking out. Called the Sweet Heat Margarita, it features Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, organic agave syrup, muddled blueberries and sweet & sour mix. Take in the full ART Burger Sushi Bar menu at com.


  • Fiesta Mexicana – Boasting a menu filled with authentic Mexican flavors and creative twists dreamed up by chef Gabriel Hernandez, this family owned and operated restaurant off North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach puts its focus on fresh Mexican fare. And, of course, when guests are looking to wet their whistles, a full bar serving an array of drinks is also available to wash all of these tempting treats down with. Popular drink favorites include margaritas, mojitos and chamoyadas, plus an impressive selection of tequilas. The wide-ranging margarita variations available here include traditional margaritas, tropical margaritas (available in mango, pineapple, black cherry, strawberry, peach and more), the Margarona (with a small-sized Corona inserted upside-down), the Cadillac Margarita (with Grand Marnier added), the Jalapeñorita and more. Check out all the food and drink options at com.


After scratching your margarita itch at one of these top Grand Strand establishments, retire to your comfortable accommodations at The Strand Resort to rest up for another day of adventure in the Myrtle Beach area — or jump into even more fun with the impressive list of luxurious amenities found on the resort property. Book your oceanfront getaway in Myrtle Beach today, and start making plans to soak in all of the best that the Grand Strand has to offer.

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